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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Hebrews 2:5-12
Psalm 8:2, 5-9
Mark 1:21-28

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"Have You come to destroy?" —Mark 1:24

The Church has now entered the season of Ordinary Time. A more precise meaning would be "Ordered Time," for this season of the Church Year is marked by godly order rather than ordinary, boring activity. Today's Gospel shows the impact of God's order coming into a situation. A man in the synagogue is possessed by a demon (Mk 1:23). His life is disordered by Satan and his demons rather than ordered under the freedom and order of the children of God. Jesus casts out the demon and sets this man free. This is no "ordinary" worship service! This man's life is now under the order of God instead of the possession of Satan.

The demon asks Jesus: "Have you come to destroy us?" (Mk 1:24) The answer is a resounding "Yes!" "It was to destroy the devil's works that the Son of God revealed Himself" (1 Jn 3:8). Jesus came to destroy the godless secular culture, sin, death, fear, injustice, hatred, the kingdom of darkness, and all that opposes the reign of God in this world. Jesus destroys so that the foundation site can be clear to build what will last. Jesus is a Carpenter (Mt 13:55), and He knows that a house cannot be built on a disordered foundation (see Mt 7:24-27).

In this season of Ordered Time, cooperate with Jesus as He destroys and builds. Clear out of your life whatever is opposed to God's order. Allow Jesus to destroy whatever He wishes. Be still, and know that He is God (see Ps 46:11).

Prayer:  Father, thank You for loving me so much that You send a "Master-Builder" (1 Cor 3:10) to remodel my life. Do in me whatever You must in order to do through me whatever You will.

Promise:  "A completely new teaching in a spirit of authority! He gives orders to unclean spirits and they obey!" —Mk 1:27

Praise:  Observing the Presentation Ministries' co-worker commitments have put order into Margaret's spiritual life.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 16, 2018

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